April 8, 2015

Why You Should Attend Kaplan’s Medical School Insider Event

Five years ago, we premiered Kaplan’s Medical School Insider (MSI) event with one goal in mind—to connect students directly with deans of admissions and true experts on the medical school application process so that the questions that matter can be answered by those with the most experience.

 

 

In the years since that first event, we’ve seen MSI grow in both size and scope. Each year more and more students tune in to learn about the latest trends in medical school admissions. The discussion gives them a chance to peer behind the curtain to hear what admissions committees …

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March 15, 2015

The Challenges of an Out-of-State Medical School

Usually when I ask students where they would like to go to medical school, the answer is- wherever I get accepted. Now, while that’s a great attitude, the truth is that an out-of-state medical school can be extra tricky. Medical school is difficult to begin with, but being far away from your friends, family and support system is just one of many additional challenges.

 

Challenge 1: Most of your classmates will have a support system nearby

This was especially evident in my class (where over 2/3 of my classmates are in-state) after our last exam. It was a …

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March 19, 2015

University of Tennessee College of Medicine: The Traditional Choice

Written by Jennifer Marsh

University of Tennessee College of Medicine is the oldest public graduate school in the nation. The school has four locations in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis. Medical students spend the first two years on the Memphis campus and rotate on the other three campuses during the last two years for clinical training.

Vital Stats

♦ University of Tennessee College of Medicine has 656 medical students and over 1100 residents and fellows.

♦ The college has core clerkships for students interested in obstetrics, gynecology and surgery.

Tuition for full-time students is $34,007 for in-state …

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February 10, 2015

New Medical Schools

By Carleen Eaton, M.D.

After a few decades of virtually no increase in the number of allopathic medical schools, recent years have brought an expansion in the number of schools. With rising demand for healthcare services in the U.S. as the population ages and more people are covered by health insurance under the reforms, the need for physicians, especially primary care physicians, will also increase. This is good news for you as a med school applicant! Existing schools will be expanding their class sizes and new medical schools will continue to be added.  The result: you now have …

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February 4, 2015

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Making the Most of Your M.D.

Written by Doug Bonderud

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland is one of the most well-known graduate institutions in the United States. Founded by a philanthropist of the same name, it has been featured as the alma mater for leading characters on popular television programs such as House, Gilmore Girls and Grey’s Anatomy. But network TV is one thing—what’s the school really like for prospective grads?

Vital Stats

— The medical school has approximately 500 students enrolled in the medical school. The medical school class of 2018 featured 118 students from 31 different states!

— Johns …

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January 6, 2015

Finding the Right Medical School For You

Hello my lucky readers! Today I’d like to talk about something really exciting! In the ideal world when you apply to medical school, you’ll not only get into a medical school but potentially you’ll get into more than one school. How will you ever choose which medical school is right for you? This is an awesome predicament in which to find yourself! There are tons of factors that go into determining the right medical school for you, so let’s jump right in!

How do you go about selecting with medical school is best for you?

First you need to …

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January 12, 2015

Best of Kaplan MCAT 2014: Pre-Med Blog

2014 was an exciting world for the MCAT and medical school admissions. From the buzz about switching to the new MCAT 2015 to potentially including biochemistry, sociology, and psychology as prerequisite classes, we covered a lot this year. Our pre-med blog reflected those important topics while also delving into deeper issues like the pros and cons of who to date in medical school. Here are some of our best articles from the past year!

Best Pre-Med Blog posts of 2014:

MCAT Study Schedules:

Two of our most popular blog posts from 2014 revolve around the important topic of building a …

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December 12, 2014

Pre-Med Extracurriculars: Activities, Organizations, and Clubs

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their pre-medical experience and journey to medical school. 

Being a member or student leader in multiple pre-medical and non-pre-medical extracurricular activities such as student organizations has helped me to improve my communication skills along with leadership skills. As a member of a student club, it can lead to the possibility of networking with fellow pre-medical students. Medical school admissions view a student who is highly involved in student clubs in a positive light since

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December 8, 2014

Tips for Surviving Your Medical School Prerequisites

Hello, my avid readers!

During your pre-medical education, you will be required to fulfill certain medical school prerequisites. Most schools agree on the basic elements for pre-medical education, but it seems as though every undergraduate institution has one or two classes designed to really make you struggle. You know the ones that I’m talking about- the GPA-killers, the classes you hear about long before you take them, the incredibly notorious destroyers of medical school admissions dreams. Fortunately for you, they don’t have to be so terrible! Today I’d like to talk about some tips and strategies for dealing with …

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